Tag: Writing

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5 Author Life Accomplishments Worth Celebrating

Author life has its ups and downs, like so many things in life. Let’s face it: writing a book can be a long road, especially if you’re just starting out or don’t write fiction full-time. It’s easy to lose focus on our writing goals, so we need milestones and celebrations to keep our focus and our energy on track. Sure, there are major milestones … Read More 5 Author Life Accomplishments Worth Celebrating

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The Benefits of Talking Through Your Book While in the Drafting Stage

During the drafting stage of writing your book, it’s highly beneficial to talk through your ideas with someone familiar with your genre. This can be a bookworm friend, editor, or even a coach. As writers, we often find ourselves working in a vacuum, stuck in our own heads. Once we’ve firmly planted ourselves inside our own brains (keep your hands, arms, and legs inside, … Read More The Benefits of Talking Through Your Book While in the Drafting Stage

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Edit Levels: What They Are and Why They Matter

Over and over I see people agonizing over word choices and commas before their story is figured out. Or beta readers marking copy edit style edits when the author doesn’t yet know if their story works–or if the scene the reader is editing will even make the final cut of the novel. This is why it’s important for an author to know what to … Read More Edit Levels: What They Are and Why They Matter

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Author Toolbox: Learn and Propel

I’m a huge believer in having as many self-editing tools as possible, and this is one of my favorites. Each scene in our manuscript needs to count. Each scene needs to move the story forward, give the reader new information, and help your reader to experience the story. Every time I give you writing advice, or process advice, I urge you to test it … Read More Author Toolbox: Learn and Propel

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Publishing Basics: Simpler than you think

When you know something—like truly understand it—you just do it. With little effort or thought, it just happens. This is why some people suck at teaching others how to do what they specialize in. Because in order to teach you have to start at the beginning. Not the beginning for you. The beginning for someone who doesn’t know squat about what you are awesome … Read More Publishing Basics: Simpler than you think

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Author Pep Talk: Let Go

Post Previously Published on http://www.beenwriting.com I’ve been in a few conversations lately that remind me how much writers treat their works like their children. I have a good friend who I’m sure will hit the publishing world in a big way at some point. There’s a fantasy he’s been working on for a long time. It’s the first writing project he threw himself into. … Read More Author Pep Talk: Let Go